14 Chattanooga-area Division I boy’s basketball teams advanced to this weekend’s region tournaments. Here’s a look at what lies ahead for each of them:
Boyd-Buchanan (23-7), which captured the District 5-A title with last week’s 63-58 win over Grace Baptist, will host Sale Creek—No. 4 in 6-A— on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Panthers (12-9), the regular-season district champs, are coming off back-to-back losses to Marion County and Whitwell in the 6-A tournament semifinals and consolation game.
Grace Baptist Academy (10-13), the second seed out of District 5-A, plays host to Whitwell on Saturday evening. The Tigers (11-21), who lost to Boyd-Buchanan 74-47 in their season opener on Nov. 15, have won four of the last five games, including a 64-51 win over Sale Creek in the District 6-A consolation game.
Both Chatt. Arts and Sciences and Silverdale Baptist will hit the road for their opening-round games.
The Patriots (15-12)—the No. 2 seed heading into the 5-A tournament—were upset by Grace Baptist in the semifinals, before defeating Silverdale 59-46 in the consolation game. They’ll play at Van Buren County on Saturday evening. The Eagles (9-18), who suffered a one-point defeat in the 6-A finals, split its regular-season meetings with CSAS.
The Seahawks (8-21), who advanced to the region tournament with a 68-60 win over Copper Basin in the opening round of the 5-A tournament, suffered back-to-back, double-digit losses in the semifinals and consolation game. They’ll travel to Marion County (10-18) on Saturday evening.
Howard (23-5), the District 6-AA regular-season and tournament champs, has rolled to double-digit wins in each of its last four games, including a 75-64 victory over rival Brainerd in the 6-AA tournament championship. The Hustlin’ Tigers shouldn’t face much resistance in their opening-round game when they host a struggling Polk County squad Saturday. The Wildcats (7-23), who advanced to the region tournament with a 48-42 win over Sweetwater, have won just two in their last 11 games.
Brainerd (14-12), the second seed out of 6-AA, will play host to a team at the opposite end of the spectrum in Sequoyah. The Chiefs (16-12), the regular-season runner-up in 5-AA, have won 10 of the last 12, including a 14-point victory over Polk County in the 6-AA consolation game.
Chattanooga Central (16-9), which upset East Hamilton and Tyner in the District 6-AA tournament, will play at Meigs County (15-15) on Saturday in the opening round of the region tournament, while the Rams (18-8) travel to top-seeded McMinn Central (26-3).
Signal Mountain (17-12), which suffered a 74-64 setback in the District 7-AA tournament championship on Tuesday, will host its opening-round game against Upperman on Saturday. The Bees (24-8), the third-place finishers in 8-AA, have won nine of their last 11 games.
Chattanooga Christian (10-21) also advanced to the region tournament with its 39-35 win over Sequatchie County last Tuesday, and the Chargers defeated Grundy County 52-46 in the 7-AA consolation game to grab the third seed.
They’ll still face an uphill battle on Saturday when they travel to DeKalb County, though, the regular-season champions in District 8-AA. The Tigers (28-5), winners in 13 of their last 15 games, suffered their first loss since Jan. 25 with the team’s 57-41 loss to Livingston Academy in the 8-AA tournament championship.
Walker Valley (18-11) captured the District 5-AAA tournament championship with Tuesday’s 51-41 win over Bradley Central, and they’ll host Warren County in the opening round of the region tournament. The Pioneers (13-20), the No. 4 seed out of 6-AAA, edged Coffee County in the opening round of the district tournament before suffering back-to-back losses to White County and Cookeville.
Bradley Central (16-12), which upset Cleveland in the 5-AAA semifinals, will also host its opening-round game Saturday when the Bears welcome Cookeville. The Cavaliers (26-7), who rolled to a 63-44 win over White County in the 6-AAA consolation game, had won eight of nine before suffering a seven-point loss to top-seeded Cumberland County in the semifinals.
Cleveland and Ooltewah, the top two regular-season finishers in District 5-AAA, will both hit the road for their opening-round games.
The Owls (17-9), who defeated the Blue Raiders for the second time this season in the 5-AAA consolation game, will travel to 6-AAA runner-up White County (19-11) on Saturday, while Cleveland travels to Cumberland County (17-15), which is coming off back-to-back upset victories over Cookeville and White County in the 6-AAA tourney.